Not as good as Variant, but still a very good read. I didn't feel the same suspense as I did in Variant till the end, so that's what makes it a four star. I still liked Benson and liked Becky also. I thought the ending was good and really interesting, but I think that if left some questions unanswered. If aliens are running the academy, where are they from? How many academies are there? Will humans believe Benson and company? The ending does serve as a conclusion to the story, while also leaving room for another sequel. Recommend for fans of Variant.